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0375 La foire d’empoigne

November 27, 2012
  • Title: La foire d’empoigne
  • English Title: The Rat Race
  • Canon: The Brass Cupcake
  • Language: French
  • Country: France
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1973
  • Publisher: Gallimard
  • Collection: Carre Noire
  • Collection #: 147
  • ISBN-10: 2070431479
  • ISBN-13: 9782070431472
  • Cover Artist: Photo

Meow! French covers are all or nothing; excruciatingly boring or destined to send you running in circles with one arm flapping in chicken wing fashion. This one is the latter. Besides the girl’s obvious … uh … assets, I like the heavily made up eyes, the head tilted slightly to one side, and especially the semi-moue as she realizes that you’re just like everybody else, although why she expects anything different when dressed like that is beyond me.

The literal translation of the title is “The Fair of Grabs”, but is an idiom for “The Rat Race” or alternatively “The Crook’s Playground”. Take your pick.


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